I have always been fascinated by web search engines and the human element they involve. I am interested in how individuals translate their information needs into different queries and how this influences the relevance and quality of the information they encounter. I examine the extent to which these often-neglected factors affect retrieval performance, with the goal of guiding the development of more realistic, user-centered methodologies and test collections.
Published in Journal of Educational Data Mining, 2015. Download: [ Preprint ]
📜 Minor Thesis
Inspired by the progress made in web search engines, my minor thesis investigated the potential of using personalization technology in educational library settings as part of my minor thesis at Monash University. I proposed, developed and evaluated an approach that creates student models which capture their academic interests and respond to their queries with search results re-ranked according to their individual academic interests - I had fun working with users and got interesting results :)